This Friday brings the first of six OHIO Up Close on-campus visit programs hosted by Undergraduate Admissions for admitted high school seniors.
The program, which is expected to bring 1,200 admitted students to campus, gives students and their families the opportunity to take a more detailed look at the university, including meeting with faculty, talking with experts from Residential Housing and Financial Aid, and learning more about student life now that they have been admitted to OHIO.
The one-day sessions -- also slated for Feb. 26, March 12, April 9, 16 and 23 -- are scheduled over the traditional yield period, during which admitted students decide whether or not to enroll for fall.
According to Kevin Witham, senior associate director of admissions, the visit program can be a large factor for students not fully decided on a where to attend college.
?This might be a student?s first visit or one of many visits, but it most likely will be his or her final visit before deciding if Ohio University is the right fit,? Witham said. ?Families are often eager to visit during a special program as students finalize their college choice.?
Witham said that research indicates a strong link between an admitted student's participation in OHIO Up Close and his or her decision to enroll. Last year, 76 percent of attendees submitted a housing deposit, which confirms a student's intent to enroll.
The program includes walking tours of campus, a resource fair, parent- and student-specific question-and-answer sessions, academic sessions with faculty, and a ?What?s Next?? session that covers steps to enrollment and allows participants to hear from current students.
Admitted students traveling to campus from outside of Ohio will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Out-of-State Ambassadors organization during lunch. For multicultural high school seniors unable to attend Undergraduate Admissions? Cultural Connections program on April 10-11, the March 12 and April 16 OHIO Up Close programs will include a lunch and question-and-answer session with current multicultural students and staff.
?It is important to showcase the university?s academic excellence and the opportunities for a student to live, learn and grow on our vibrant campus,? Witham said. ?This program is important for our future students and the future of the university.?
Any high school senior who has already been admitted to Ohio University for the 2010-11 academic year is welcome to register for OHIO Up Close. Students who are unable to attend one of the OHIO Up Close days are encouraged to schedule a campus visit during the university's regular visitation schedule.